CRST Training Days

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Stevo Reno's Comment
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Well,my 1st week is done and in the books ! CRST contracts with Advanced School of Trucking in Fontana. Glad to see they have plenty of training trucks and plenty of state DMV certified instructors here

Not much the first week, basic stuff, classroom videos, pre-tests etc. Tuesday drug and physical day (lost a couple before they even TRIED drug test, they wouldn't passed anyways!) Class was around 50 or so, lost 20+ the first 2 days.....

DMV Permit test Wednesday, probably half failed that (I flew thru those easy enough) Thursday / Friday were air brake/In cab practice with instructors, rotating people thru 4+ tractors since there's so many of us

Also lost 2 more today , failed drug tests of course. Next week the real fun begins, yard manuevers,Monday-Wednesday then stay here at training center for I think 1 day of 4 for orientation. 3rd week will be 3 more days of orientation.... So am spending weekend time in dorms studying their style air brake/in-cab inspections.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Banks's Comment
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Good luck Stevo, keep us posted

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Drug tests seem to get failed a lot in states with legal marijuana.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Week2 is nearing an end times flying by.....Been driving city streets and local freeways, I'm loving these auto trucks! Yesterday was an in training center orientation day. CHP officer came in for couple hours of videos and talking about safety things to learn and know.

This has been a week of parking manuevers, straight backs, offsets , then parallels....All were very easy once shown how they do it here @ ASD. Man whatta huge difference than the last crappy school by far.

Next/final week hopefully, is Mon-Weds Orientation here at the training center, then final CDL testing at the school. So only 1 more trip to the DMV once we pass this , to turn in papers from the school for the hard copy CDL .....

Met a couple "friends" here and some really cool drivers.....And have seen (heard) a few of the the "Terminal Rats" /Drivers that have been here a few days, or a week or 2 for whatever reasons. Haha I just steer clear, once I overhear some of their whining to each other...

Tuesday I heard 1 guy was cut out of the whole program,and sent packing, for getting caught on the "Practice test" in newest class ,,by having all the answers written on his hand pffffft really? Cheating on a test that don't mean a thing lmao

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Got interupted lol Also found out by having my DD-214/Honorable discharge US Navy papers, I should also be getting a $500 bonus, and higher CPM than $0.30 ;)

smile.gif Now to just, "Git 'R "Dun !! hahahaha

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Turtle's Comment
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Good stuff, Steve! Keep it up!

Rob D.'s Comment
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Also found out by having my DD-214/Honorable discharge US Navy papers, I should also be getting a $500 bonus, and higher CPM than $0.30 ;)

Is that bonus per DD-214? I've got three.

Great to hear things are going well. Looking forward to hearing more of your journey.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

PackRat's Comment
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CRST gives vets extra cpm depending on years of service completed, verified by the DD-214. I started there at .49 cpm.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Well, passed my test day now am the proud holder of a CDL lol, took damn long enough !

Tomorrow is final day of safety stuff issue of comdata card and ID etc. Hear some lady from corporate talk a bit etc.

ALL 24 of us passed today, 1 guy left to test tomorrow, a retired Army Ranger (Colonel of 27 years) He has this down too. Just some weird thing with DMV so he was picked to test out Friday, and he wasn't too happy lol....

NOW, the REAL fun is soon to begin, dancing-dog.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-dog.gif 21-28 days with trainer / 12,000 miles or so, heard different amounts (rumor mill)

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

PackRat's Comment
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OMG it's about time!shocked.png

Congratulations to you!!!

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Junkyard Dog's Comment
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Good job Steve and way to persevere. Now that you're going with the trainer just remember it's his truck his home. Learn all you can from him. Keep us posted good luck brother.

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